Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then move to sun. But […]

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Finally a space for a bridge and grassland?

The Vision:  A calming mixture of dry stream and waves of nature inviting grass.  Creating better visual balance is key. When I envision a calm harmonizing place I think of the zen garden.  The subdued palette, natural material and simple symbolism.  I think of  its interactive purpose in bringing you fully into the present moment. […]

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The Pollinator’s Garden – Year 1

  The pollinator’s garden made its start with a rainier than usual summer. My goal was to test the seeds’ propagation rate and performance in the dry heat of July with little additional irrigation.  This was important, as I intend to plant hardy natives at the neighborhood entrances and eventually create a demonstration garden in […]

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Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

A garden that draws pollinators usually begins with wonderful flowers full of food.  To take it even further,  providing sheltering opportunities for bees close to the food sources allows female bees to expend less energy foraging, saving energy for the care of their young. Native Bee Habitat Most north american bee species shelter in the […]

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Plants on order

This year I wanted plant at least one hummingbird attracting perennial.  Thanks to a generous gift from my mother in law, Karen, I had money to spend at High Country Gardens.  Here is what I bought. Veronica liwanensis – turkish speedwell (Standard Pot) Quantity: 7 Price Each: $4.99 Beautiful blue flowering, semi-evergreen groundcover, to be […]

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